The number of vaccinations administered in New York has surpassed the one million mark, but the distribution still remains uneven across much of the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said.
"The variance is obviously problematic," Cuomo said, pointing to the disparate distribution of vaccinations in health care centers and hospitals across New York.
The vast majority of the vaccines administered is for the first of two doses. The distribution of the vaccine has lagged as the eligible population has increased over the last several weeks.
New York officials prioritized health care workers while a federal program through commercial pharmacies vaccinated residents and staff in nursing homes.
But Cuomo has faced pressure to expand the classification of who qualifies, which now includes essential government workers like police, firefighters and education workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added people over age 65 and people who compromised immune systems over the objections of the Cuomo administration, who pointed to the lack of vaccine supplies.
Meanwhile, only 60% of health care workers in the state, part of the initial distribution phase, have received the vaccine, Cuomo said.
New York officials have started to open mass vaccination sites at public college campuses and other areas around the state to ramp up administration.
Surplus vaccines for long-term care facility program will be used by the state elsewhere in the distribution effort, Cuomo said on Monday.
New York's positive rate based on 186,000 test results in the last day stood at 6.5% with 8,868 people hospitalized, an increase of 97 patients. Cuomo said 153 people were confirmed to have died of the virus in the last day.
Still, state officials believe the spike in cases attributed to the holiday season is now on the decline after the last seven days.